A Summer Reading List For Pre K- 6th Grade
Before Entering Kindergarten
Aylesworth: Naughty Little Monkeys c2003 alphabet
Twenty-six monkeys get into mischief when their parents go out for the evening in
this rhyming alphabet book.
Bang: When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... c1999 character
Sophie expresses her anger when she must surrender a toy to her sister.
Crews: The Neighborhood Mother Goose c2004 nursery rhymes, diversity
This collection of nursery rhymes features the familiar and unfamiliar, all set in the
Ehlert: Pie in the Sky c2004 family fiction
As a father and his child view the cherry tree in their back yard, they refer to it as
a pie tree. Includes a recipe.
Kimmel: The Gingerbread Man c1993 fairy tale
This familiar fairy tale features a gingerbread man who runs away from the
woman who bakes him and meets other animals along the way, including a clever
Penn:The Kissing Hand c1993 family life
Chester Raccoon is afraid to attend kindergarten until his mother shows him a
special way to take her love along.
Pfister: Rainbow Fish animal stories
The most beautiful fish in the ocean with the
shimmering silver scales discovers the beauty of
Pinkney: The Lion & the Mouse c2009 wordless, fairy tale
Wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even
small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the
Prelutsky: Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young c1986 poetry
This collection of 200 short poems is designed for young children and includes
illustrations that correlate with the poems.
Rosen: We're Going on a Bear Hunt c2003 animals, fiction
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud and other obstacles before the
inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
Rosenthal: Duck! Rabbit! c2009 animals
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a
rabbit or a duck.
Shannon: David Goes to School c1999 humor
David's school behavior needs to be improved.
Sierra: Counting Crocodiles c1997 counting, rhyming
A monkey outsmarts ten crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree by
using her ability to count.
Sierra: Wild About Books c2004 animals, humor
A librarian accidentally drives her bookmobile to the zoo and subsequently reads a
Dr. Seuss book to the animals.
Slate: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten c2003 school
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready
Taback: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat c1999 diversity
Joseph starts out with an overcoat and ends with a button.
Thompson: Little Quack c2003 animals
Mama Duck encourages her four ducklings to leave the nest. The youngest and
smallest, Little Quack, proves to be the most reluctant.
Wood: Alphabet Adventure c2001 alphabet
The letters of the alphabet join the search to help "i" find her dot in order to
continue their journey in this colorful alphabet book.
Wood:The Napping House c1984 sleep, fiction
While a number of creatures sleep, a flea causes a commotion among them with
just one bite.
Before Entering First Grade
Bailey: Stanley’s Party c2003 dogs, humor
When a dog’s owners leave for the evening, he gets into a lot of mischief.
Bloom: A Splendid Friend Indeed c2005 friendship
A polar bear and a goose learn to get along and be friends.
Bourgeois: Franklin in the Dark c1986 fear, fiction
A turtle afraid of small dark places, and therefore of crawling into his shell, asks a
variety of animals for advice, only to find out that each has a fear of its own.
Bruel: Bad Kitty c2005 alphabet
Finding that there is no food in the house, a kitty chooses to be very bad.
Carle: Mister Seahorse c2004 animals, fiction
Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, after which Mr. Seahorse carries the eggs through the
sea, greeting other fish fathers.
Cousins: Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales c2009 fairy tales
Simple text and bold illustrations tell eight classic fairy tales.
Cronin: Dooby, Dooby, Moo c2004 animal humor
Duck organizes the farm animals for a talent show at the county fair. The first prize
is a trampoline.
Ehlert: Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art c2000 stories in rhyme, fiction
While keeping a diary, the young fly records how hard it is to be an insect.
Falconer: Olivia series pigs, fiction
Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own
Lester: Hooway for Wodney Wat c1999 fantasy, abilities awareness
Students in Rodney’s class make fun of him, because he can’t pronounce his name
properly; but it is his speech problem that helps to punish the class bully.
Lionni: Swimmy c1991 fish stories
A small black fish, finds a way to protect a school of small red fish from their natural
McKinley: One Smile c2002 kindness
While walking through the park with her mother, a child smiles at a discouraged
stranger and sets off a chain of events that spreads kindness and comes full circle.
Numeroff: Beatrice Doesn't Want To c2004 realistic fiction, humor
Beatrice Doesn't Like to Read, but a librarian changes her attitude during a story
session in this humorous, well illustrated book.
Prelutsky: Me I Am c2007 poetry
A book of poem for children celebrating being an individual.
Rathmann: Ruby the Copycat c1991 school, fiction
Ruby wants to fit in on her first day at school, so she begins to copy her classmate
Angela; but then Ruby's teacher shows her how much fun it is to just be herself.
Shannon: A Bad Case of Stripes c1998 individuality, fiction
A girl who is always concerned about what others think of her wakes up one day to
discover she is covered with stripes.
Capucilli: Biscuit series dog stories
Biscuit, the adorable little tan puppy, has many
Gelman: More Spaghetti I Say c1993 stories in rhyme, humor
Minnie the monkey is too busy eating spaghett all day, in all ways to play with her
Johnson: Alphabet City c1995 alphabet
Photographs of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.
Before Entering Second Grade
Brett: Town Mouse, Country Mouse c1994 fable
After trading houses, the country mice and the town mice discover there's no
place like home.
Cannon: Crickwing, Pinduli, Stellaluna, Verdi, insects, fiction
Picture books about unappreciated and fascinating creatures
Ernst: Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen c2005 fantasy animals, humor
Although Sylvia Jean owns plenty of costumes, she struggles to come up with a
costume for the big party.
Hoberman: You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read
Together c2001 stories in rhyme
This collection of short, rhythmic stories and cheerful art is designed to be read out
loud by both child and adult.
Hoffman: Amazing Grace c1991 diversity, fiction
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because
she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
Mayer: Little Critter stories fantasy, animals
Little Critter is a small creature who is amazingly
like a young human boy. His adventures take
place with different members of his family who
expose him to daily life experiences.
McKissack: The Honest-to-Goodness Truth c2000 character, ethnic diversity
A young girl promises not to ever lie but then discovers that there are times that one
actually should not tell the entire truth.
McNaughton: Once Upon an Ordinary School Day c2004 school story
Mr. Gee, the new teacher, changes "ordinary" when he challenges all the children to
use their imaginations.
Numeroff: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and sequels c1985 cumulative tales
When a mouse requests a cookie, a cycle of events occurs that brings the reader full
Orloff: I Wanna Iguana c2004 letters, fiction
Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade
her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet.
Pallotta: Dory Story c2000 sea story, fiction
Danny's ocean adventures are completely enchanting, even if they take place in
Peet: The Ant and the Elephant c1972 animals, fiction
Of all the animals the elephant rescues, only the tiny ant returns the favor..
Polacco: Aunt Chip and the Tr